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Nice project for the advanced projecteer:
Game/Type: Comet / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: June 1985
Location: Charlotte, NC
Link/Contact: charlotte.craigslist.org link
Condition: OP: "1985 Williams Comet - complete but not currently functional. This machine needs a playfield or an exceptional artist to re-create one for it. Bad factory paint on these poor machines, and a prior owner's choice to rip the Mylar off, have resulted in a mess. The machine is complete, but has not been powered up since the board was sent out for repair and tested. There is an issue on the PSU that needs to be resolved or replaced before that happens, and I have no time or desire to do it at this point. I have had this machine fully running with the exception of one slingshot, the ball trough eject (reason the board was sent off) and the 4th player display (which is bad). It's a fun machine, and probably best suited for a PF swap, or as a donor machine for another resto. Here's the lowdown:
The Good -
Complete machine. The master board and sound board are clean and 100% working. It was professionally tested, and some TIP's replaced as well as some resistors. I've also spent a good amount on replacement coils and parts. Pretty much everything you need and/or can't get is there - center ramp, corkscrew, all the plastics. The displays are all very clean and bright except for P4 which doesn't work. New fully grounded power cord. All speakers and audio work. Glass, lockdown bar, it's all here. While flaky, the cabinet is not beyond salvage and easily re-stenciled or touched up. The coin door is there and complete with lights and mechanisms, just no lock. My plan was to find a replacement field or an overlay and do a swap.
The Bad -
Playfield is roached. These era Williams had terrible paint with no clear coat from the factory. This machine had mylar on it and a prior owner removed it from the lower playfield (the bumper rings are still in place and the upper half of the PF is fine) - pulling chunks of paint out of it in the process. There is also some type of scotch tape/label stuff stuck all over the lower PF. I tried to pull a piece off and it took every last bit of paint with it. I'll be honest - it's ugly. The backglass is bubbling in places, but mostly intact. Electrically, there is a burnt connector on the power board.
This machine would be an excellent donor for anyone who has a Comet with a good playfield, and needs plastics/boards/displays/etc... to complete it. It would not take much to get it up and running as is (probably a new or repaired power board and some testing) - and it would also make a great project/whiteboard or art project for someone who wanted to take the time to restore the playfield."